Thursday, May 6, 2010

State legislation: Connecticut - HB 5425 passed by Senate, next stop is the Governor's office

On May 5, 2010 the Connecticut Senate unanimously passed in the final hour of the final day of the regular legislative session, the Substitute for Raised H.R. 5425: "An Act Concerning Special Education"

The measure had previously passed the Connecticut House on April 27, 2010.

As previously reported in this blog, the most current bill analysis states that among the provisions,
"Starting July 1, 2012, the bill requires school districts to use only behavior analysts licensed or certified in accordance with its requirements to provide applied behavior analysis for students with autism spectrum disorders who require the services (1) according to a special education individualized education program (IEP) or (2) under an educational plan established under section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The bill also establishes standards for people who may provide applied behavioral analysis services if the education commissioner finds there are not enough licensed or certified personnel available...*House Amendment “A” (1) specifies that a teacher or paraprofessional may implement the behavior analysis services under the supervision of a licensed or certified person;..."
H.R. 5425 now requires Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell's signature of approval before being declared law.

For further reading and information
Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis Legislative Action Page

Connecticut H.R. 5425

Autism bill awaits governor's signature after passing senate last night
Danielle Capalbo, Hour Staff writer
Posted on 05/06/2010

Past blog post
Monday, May 3, 2010
State Legislation Quicktake: Connecticut H.B. 5425 passes Connecticut House, goes to Senate

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